Awesome Indies /Indie Gold – excellent books by independently published authors.
With a limited budget and a voracious appetite for books, I often buy ebooks by Indie authors and publishers because they can sell them more cheaply than bigger publishers. It doesn’t take long reading the 99c to $4.99 books to discover that some Indie books are fantastic and some are crap. It’s always a joy to strike gold and a disappointment to find that you have paid for something that should never have been published.
I read reviews before I buy, but frankly I don’t trust reviewers unless they know something about writing, and when I see 5 star reviews for badly written books, it’s obvious that a lot of people don’t know what good writing really is. I long for a site that lists Indie books that have the tick of approval from other writers, a tick that tells me that no matter whether I like the subject matter or not, the book is well written, a tick that tells me that I won’t throw the book across the room shouting in frustration, “why didn’t the author hire an editor!”
I found sites that list 4 and 5 star books based on reader reviews, but none where the evaluation was done by other writers. Since I believe that there’s a need for such a site, to get the ball rolling I’ve made a list of books that I and other authors and editors can unreservedly recommend. My idea is to honour the Indie authors who produce a high quality product and to direct readers towards the Indie Gold that lies hidden amongst the avalanche of available books. Consider this your treasure map.
Visit the Awesome Indies site here